August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has compiled resources from NFID and partner organizations that can be used throughout NIAM (and all year-round) to help raise awareness about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of prevention through vaccination:
From brushing teeth to eating healthy food to getting routine vaccines, there are things we do to protect ourselves throughout our lives. Low immunization rates put everyone at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. The NFID Vaccines for Life videos and infographic help make the case that while recommendations may change as we age, the need for protection does not.
Vaccines can help protect pregnant women and infants. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) offers resources for sharing accessible, evidence-based information on COVID-19, Tdap, and flu vaccination during pregnancy, including:
- Inform to Empower: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence One Conversation at a Time (Video Training)
- Labor of Love: Stories of Vaccines, Variants, and Parenting during COVID-19 (Podcast)
- Recommended Vaccines during Pregnancy Videos and Infographics (Patient Education Resources)
Vaccinating young children helps build immunity before children are exposed to potentially serious diseases. But vaccines are not just for children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers graphics, videos, factsheets, and other resources (in English and Spanish) to highlight the importance of staying up to date on routine vaccines across the lifespan.
Vaccinate Your Family Resources
The #FirstDayVax Campaign toolkit from Vaccinate Your Family provides back-to-school vaccine reminders and information about the safety and benefits of vaccines. The toolkit includes downloadable graphics and sample social media posts for use throughout NIAM.
Voice for Vaccines Resources
Voices for Vaccines offers a convenient guide to posting on social media throughout NIAM. The guide includes a series of co-brandable graphics and post templates, organized by week, along with other tips for social media engagement. Themes include community immunity, vaccine-preventable diseases, and adult immunization.
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To join the fight against infectious diseases, support NFID during NIAM with a donation at: www.nfid.org/donate.
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